Firebrand

critic Reviews

, 57% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Divorced from the historical record with little to show for it, Firebrand is a period piece whose revisionist aims are at odds with its stultifying approach.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    There’s a lot jam-packed into this movie, but it’s in such a rush to get through it all and to not bore us that it … well, it bores us.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    At a certain point, it feels as if scenes are missing, and what’s left reads as unconvincing.
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    Murtada ElfadlAV Club
    A fitting portrait of a woman the film presents as ahead of her time.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    A kind of satisfaction ultimately arrives, but it is not one for purists, or even lovers of speculative history.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    Alicia Vikander and Jude Law anchor this handsome exercise in historical fiction, which meanders a bit before nicely paying off at the end.
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    Law, one moment charming, the next threatening, and the radiant Vikander make Firebrand a fascinating, if choppy, feminist chapter in the voluminous Tudor film archives.
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Alicia Vikander is astounding in this part.
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    Kat HalsteadCommon Sense Media
    Elaborate sets and artistic cinematography render Tudor England in regal splendor, yet offer shadowy revelations in the palace's dark corners in this tense historical drama.
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    James VerniereBoston Movie News
    Alicia Vikander delivers a career-best performance in criminally underrated historical drama.
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    Natasha AlvarCultured Vultures
    While Firebrand struggles a little when it comes to direction, the performances from Vikander and Law are superb. They evoke a burning tension when they are on screen together, a tension steeped in the wrestle for power, not love.
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